Saints first-rounder Marcus Davenport needs post-minicamp thumb surgery

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The will be without their first-round pick for at least the next few weeks of their offseason program. 

According to a report from the New Orleans Advocate, suffered a thumb injury . The Advocate’s report states that the injury is not considered significant and that Davenport should be ready to go in time for training camp. 

While this is somewhat of a setback and something both he and the team would have rather avoided, it shouldn’t be much a hindrance if Davenport’s recovery follows the expected timeline. When minicamp breaks this week, players leave the facility and are on their own until returning for training camp at the end of July. That gives Davenport about six weeks to recover.

The Saints traded up in the first round of the 2018 draft to select Davenport, a raw, twitchy pass-rusher out of . He was considered one of the most explosive rushmen in the draft, and the Saints obviously felt he both fulfilled a need for them and that he had the potential to develop into a star-caliber contributor on their improving defense, being that they sent both their 2018 and 2019 first-round picks to the in the deal. 

Davenport seems likely to mix in with , , Trey Hendricks, and , among others, on the edge during his roarcelona are in talks with Arsenal over a lscoring weekend of football, with only three sides managing clean sheets and plenty of new strikers stamping their influence on the Premier League.Liverpool went outright top as the only team with a perfect record and some of the top sides have alreaate deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Arsenal’s board have shown no enthusiasm over selling their captain, though Barca are not giving up.Le 10 Sport says Barca are pushing Arsenal to open negotiations todaokie seaseve Nicol says Christian Pulisic will come good at Chelsea.Chelsea fans have been pleading with Frank Lampard to give Pulisic more game time in the league, but the boss seems to prefer Pedro and Willian on either flank with Tammy Abraham in the middlon. If they can generate even more pressure up front than they did last year, that will allow secondary players like , , and to spend less time in coverage — and force quarterbacks into bad throws that can lead to turnovers. 

Davenport’s thumb injury could affect his performance if it lingers, as defensive linemen have to use their hands to get off of blocks along the line of scrimmage; but so long as everything goes to plan, it shouldn’t affect his development too much. 

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